Composite fillings are dental fillings that are made of a special mixture of plastic and glass. These fillings are strong and durable and look just like your natural teeth. The material, which comes in a variety of shades, is molded to the tooth and hand polished to create a smooth, natural appearance.
Composite fillings (also known as white fillings) are a popular option for patients who want to repair small cavities or replace old metal fillings. They help restore teeth to their natural strength, look, and function.
How is a filling placed?
Before the dental filling is placed, your dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia. Next, your dentist will use an explorer tool to check the tooth to make sure it is free of decay. If decay is present, a drill will be used to remove it. Once the tooth is clean, the filling will be placed. Your dentist will shape the filling to fit your tooth. When the tooth is prepped, your dentist will use a special light to harden the filling.
What are the benefits of composite fillings?
- Tooth-colored fillings
Composite fillings are sometimes called tooth-colored fillings. These fillings restore both the health and appearance of your teeth.
- Durable and stain-resistant fillings
Composite fillings prevent staining and can last for several years, making them long-lasting. These factors also depend on your diet and the amount of care you offer.
- Withstands chewing pressure
Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth, strengthening it to resist biting and chewing pressure.
Composite fillings are safe and also aesthetically pleasing.
- No need for multiple visits
Our dentist can complete your filling during one appointment.
- Preserves tooth structure
Composite fillings can be used to restore teeth that are chipped, fractured, or otherwise damaged.
What are the aftercare tips for composite fillings?
Here are some after tips for your fillings:
- Brush and floss your teeth as usual.
- Don't chew on ice or hard candy.
- Don't use your teeth to open a bottle cap or chew on non-food items.
- Visit your dentist for a regular dental checkup.
Please reach out to our dental practice at 17952 SW Blanton St, Aloha, OR 97078, to have a consultation with our dentists. Call us at (503) 649-5665 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.